Dark Rose (2003)
    by Czech & Speake

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    sjg3839's avatar
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    Not a big oud fan but this smells pretty good. A nice mix of oud and rose which is slightly soapy upon initial application. As others have mentioned, this smells very similar to Montale's Black Oud. 7/10

    19 March, 2014

    Oh_Hedgehog's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Before Montale's onslaught of oud/rose combinations, there also existed Dark Rose by Czech & Speake. It seems to have disappeared for a while, been reformulated, and released once again to pander after the oud-crazed masses.

    Dark Rose smells like port and leather at first, is joined by geranium (much quieter here than in its sibling, Rose 88), and then proceeds to a forgettable musky finish. Oud Cuir d'Arabie, whose middle stages DR is reminiscent of, is superior for its initial daring and rosier drydown.

    06 July, 2012

    gimmegreen's avatar
    Netherlands Netherlands

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    Another in the legion of fragrances where the head and heart are arresting, but the booty resolutely refuses to swing. The vibrant saffron at the start (which had me sniffing the bottle several times during the day) is gone in minutes; the rose and oud, mysterious and handled with a light touch, subside in an hour. All that's left is a residual sweetness, a puff of sandal and synthetic musk. If they could have hung on to the seduction of the opening a bit longer this would have been quite something.

    03 May, 2012

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    Jack Hunter
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    This is a beautiful refined rose scent and I only wish the rose in No 88 smelled like this. It reminds me of Lyric Man by Amouage but where the rose scent there is soapy and untidy this is pure elegance and it behaves and does not let itself go as Amouage's offering.

    A rose of class and elegance that can be worn by either gender, very good indeed.

    09 February, 2012

    alfarom's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Dark Rose was originally released in 2003 with notes of saffron, agarwood, rose, sandalwood and white amber and then discontinued (date unknown). In 2009, following the oud-hysteria, Czech & Speake re-launched it in an edc spray.

    Dark Rose is fantastic but, if smelled today for the first time, it is definitely not original. It seats somewhere between Montale's Black Aoud, Malle's Portrait of A Lady and Amouage Homage but it lacks the Montale's obscure power, the Malle's sophisticated elegance and refinements and the humongous opulence of the Amouage. That being said, if you're looking for a dark/gothic oud/rose concoction but you feel like not daring too much, this is a terrific option.

    Me? When it comes to dark fragrances I don't like to compromise.

    Thanks Knit At Nite for making things clearer...

    06 January, 2012 (Last Edited: 30th January, 2012)

    Darvant's avatar
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    I don't think to be able to add anything new and substantially different to the other reviews. Because of its oud-rose-saffron-wood accord Dark Rose is in my opinion a Black Aoud's younger sister, less dense and heavy in medicinal vibe, more dreamy and ethereal in rosey temperament, less aromatic-green-spicy in the note of saffron and with a more appealing,but far less bold,  "boozy-creamy" character from berries and light fruits. Some hidden flowers whirl around in the general subtlety and the rose is less dark and more regal, fresh, delicate and soapy than in the Montale one. The dry down is woody with a starring note of sandalwood. I feel more the woody, soapy and  liquorous sensation in here than the aromatic, dark and woodsy Black Aoud's hypnotic and exotic temperament. Obviously this one is a more wearable scent with a less strong, though equally durable, initial obscure and  surly temperament. Even the exotic trail (expecially from the saffron) is  here less pronounced than in the ideal older brother. This is a delicate classy fragrance with an assertive temperament. I don't see the dark side of this smell or better, Dark Rose exudes a mysterious and silent feel, a touch of loneliness as a walk in a graveyard during a fall afternoon. I agree with Off-Scenter when writes that after the other-worldly spirituality of the oud-rose combo in Homage and after the bolder oud-rose combinations in the more daring Montale beasts this one could be perceived by many as possibly superfluous; it's plain anyway that the wish to wear a lighter, more demure, gentle and less heavy combination of the two main notes is a good reason to give a real sense at this fragrance. Silent and nostalgia in a bottle.

    08 December, 2011

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